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Swiss Heritage

In 1798 at age 14, John James Dufour left his native village of Vevey, Switzerland and immigrated to America.  As an agent for the “Vineyard Society”, which had been established by subscription, Dufour bought 633 acres along the Kentucky River.  This became known as the First Vineyard.  Seventeen family members & relatives followed him to this wilderness […]

Early Settlement along the Ohio River

Christened in 1800, “Indiana” means Land of the Indians,  Various American Indian tribes are a significant part of Indiana history, including the Miami, Chippewa, Delaware, Erie, Shawnee, Iroquois, Kickapoo, Potawatomie, Mohican, Nanticoke, Huron and Mohegan.  Indian George Ash was captured by the Shawnee, & later granted land by the Indians. The Greenville Treaty established the […]

Phoenix Hotel

History of The Phoenix Hotel KYLE HOUSE The first hotel built on this site was known as the Kyle House.  George Harrison Kyle took possession of the lot in 1853 from the International Order of Odd Fellows.  He was an architect & builder & must have built the original hotel. It was destroyed by fire […]

19th Century Overview of Vevay, Indiana

The Indiana Territory was declared separate from the Northwest Territory in 1800.  Vevay was platted in 1813.  Switzerland County was formally organized in 1815.  Indiana became a state in 1816. The early history of this region of the Northwest Territory reveals an indigenous population of Indian tribes, who were joined by white settlers in the […]

Vevay Local History

The following “Quick History” will give you a glimpse into some of our memorable happenings and personalities of the past. “New Switzerland” was settled 1802-1807 by John Francis Dufour and members of his family, who had relocated from the First Vineyard on the Kentucky River.  They raised grapes & produced wine, becoming the first successful […]

Jean Jaques Dufour

Jean Jaques Dufour, later John James Dufour, was a complicated character.  He was the lead member of the Dufour family who settled in the new world for the purpose of carrying on the business of viticulture.  These quotes are from the book “Indiana Wine, a History” by James L. Butler and John J. Butler. “It is […]

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